Wednesday, March 25, 2020

10 things to do during Lock down!

10 things to do during Lock down!

Covid-19 aka Coronavirus has forced everyone indoors. The life as we know it has changed as we are under lockdown. Having a positive mindset will make this quarantine time bearable. In this post, I tried to highlight the need to stay indoors and listed a few things you can do during this time.

Remember the thrill and the sense of helplessness we feel when you watch the apocalypse themed movies? Resident Evil, I’m Legend, World War Z, Afterearth, Zombieland, how many times have we seen this situation play out in front of our eyes? How many times we were furious at those characters for foolishly dying?

Many of us might have even imagined how we will react if something like that really happened. Well, it is one such situation now.  

The situation is real and it is dangerous. Just because you’re safe now doesn’t mean you can be forever. It’s important that we quarantine ourself to stop the outbreak and protect our families. What’s more important is to stay positive and stay united, so we can get through this hardship.

How long were you longing for a break? How many were complaining that they don’t have time for their family? Why don’t we utilize this situation to do things we always wanted to do?

Many people are working from home, some companies have announced leave for their employees, but that shouldn’t stop you from spending these days productively in a safe environment (within the walls of your home).

Why is it necessary to distance our self?

This deadly virus spreads from one human to the other.

BBC wrote explained the danger, citing the Spanish flu pandemic in their recent article. A few lines below:

In the midst of this pandemic, during September 1918, cities around the US were planning parades to promote liberty bonds, being sold to help pay for the war effort in Europe. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where 600 soldiers were already infected with the flu virus, city chiefs decided to go ahead with their parade. Meanwhile, the city of Saint Louis, Missouri, opted to cancel their parade and introduce other measures to limit public gatherings. One month later, more than 10,000 people in Philadelphia had died of Spanish flu, while the number of fatalities in Saint Louis stayed below 700.

The parade was not the only reason for the difference in death rates, but the figures show the importance of measures now known as “social distancing” can have during pandemics. “Social distancing refers to a way of creating a barrier of physical distance between two or more people so that transmission of the virus can be prevented or halted,” says Arindam Basu, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health at the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand.

BBC further states,

One of the main aims of social distancing is to “flatten the curve”, which means delaying the spread of the virus so it reaches people more slowly. The idea is to lengthen the time period over which the virus travels through a population and push the peak number of cases back so it appears later. A graph showing the number of infections would peak much more quickly without social distancing. With it, the curve is much flatter, meaning at any given time the number of infected people, and therefore people needing urgent care and resources, is lower.

As a responsible citizen, we must adhere to the mandatory precautions laid out by the governments and healthcare organizations.

What can we do to make the most out of this lockdown?

1.      Spend time with your family Our busy life has reduced the quality time we spend together with our family. Use this opportunity to spend your time with your loved ones.

2.      Read the books from your #TBR pile Are you a bookworm? Our reading pile is endless. Download Amazon Kindle app, if you haven’t already. There are hundreds of free books every day. Authors are giving away their books for free to make this quarantine bearable. Watch this video if you don’t know how to download books. There are also many apps like Inkitt and Wattpad where you can read novels for free.

3.      Watch your favorite movies When is the last time you binge watched a movie or tv series? It’s time to dust your DVD’s collection. Pop some popcorns and get on that couch now.

4.      Catch up with your old friends (only through online portals J) How long has it been since you had a relaxing chat with your friends and acquaintances? Get online and reminisce some warm memories with them.

5.      Clean/declutter your home My living room, actually the entire home is such a mess. If you’re already well organized, no worries, but if you’re like me, it’s time to clean and declutter or redecorate your home. Check out this Pinterest Board for more ideas.

6.      Play your favorite games on your PC/phone Do you love games? It’s time to dig out your childhood memories J Play your favorite childhood games are there are millions of online or offline games for adults.

7.      Try new recipes Love to cook? Get that chef hat on. Try some new recipes.

8.      Engage your kids in any of these free online learning resources This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free Audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing.

9.      Exercise and detox postponing your dietary routine because of your busy schedule? Make use of this time to follow a strict diet plan and exercise daily. There are several workout videos on YouTube you can follow. Zumba, Aerobics, simple exercise for beginners, it’s all in there.

10.   DIY tasks Do you like crafting things? Recycle the unwanted items into something useful. Check this YouTube channel for DIY ideas.

Do you have more ideas? Drop them in the comments below.

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